Originally published on private blog on Tuesday, October 14, 2014:
It seems that discouragement comes often when one seeks to follow after God. The state of the world, the state of America, the state of churches, the state of Christians (or seemingly so-called anyway), and on and on. Apathy, relativism, pluralism, intolerance, lack of discernment, Biblical illiteracy, emotionalism, materialism – so many issues that are part of the world today. New Age practices and mysticism have creeped into the church and become mixed with Christian terms. People seek emotional experiences rather than solid truth. How to break through seems impossible.
I don’t have an answer for how to deal with the discouragement. Other than to keep plodding on and not use it as an excuse to give up. If I can influence just one person, is it worth it? I can’t change the world but maybe I can make a difference in at least one person’s life. And as long as I’m still on this earth, God can still use me. I need to be open, willing, and available.